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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Little Green Boat: The Wild Imagination of Willy Nilly 1 by Chris Stead is the story of a little boy, Willy Nilly, who goes to the beach on a hot day with his parents. He finds a green boat as he wanders around. Willy Nilly gets into the green boat and suddenly a giant wave comes and he finds himself being taken out to sea. Willy Nilly meets two dolphins who take him to land, but he realizes that it is not the same place from where he got into the green boat. He is hungry and goes in search of food on the island. He passes monkeys, bats, alligators, and finally finds a chest full of food. There is a phone number at the bottom of the chest and Willy Nilly calls the number. A helicopter picks him up and takes him back to his parents.
The story is filled with adventure and suspense, and children will be excited to read about Willy Nilly’s non-stop adventure of being swept out to the sea by huge waves, dolphins, a secret island, a treasure map, monkeys, bats, alligators, and finally a helicopter ride back to the place where his parents are waiting. It is a fun read and teaches children a lot of new things. The illustrations are lively and bright and they give a good pace and movement to the story. I like the way the author has shown how to use the book in a learning context so that children can learn more from the story.